Our teeth are necessary for day to day function. We need our teeth to chew, speak, and their appearance says a lot about us. We get just one set of permanent teeth that we need to last our lifetime, so everything we can do to take care of them is important. In addition to seeing your dentist regularly, there are many daily do’s and don’ts to remember.
There are lots of things we can do to help maintain great dental health, but on a daily basis it is important to brush with a fluoridated toothpaste twice each day. Use a soft bristle brush … if you brush as directed, you simply need to remove food particles and plaque before it has a chance to harden. Flossing will remove what your toothbrush missed and keep gum tissue healthy. Enjoy a daily diet comprised primarily of fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, and healthy grains. Finally, make sure you see your dentist regularly for teeth cleaning and exam.
Harmful Habits that Can Damage Your Dentition
Tobacco Use – While the focus on smoking may be cancer and heart disease, another hazard is what it can do to your teeth. Gum disease and tooth loss are much more prevalent with tobacco users. This includes cigarettes, cigars, a pipe, smokeless tobacco, and the most recent fad, electronic cigs.
Chewing on Hard Objects – Ice, hard candy, and inanimate objects can lead to broken or chipped teeth.
Sipping on Sugary Beverages – While soda and sugar laden drinks should be limited, if you are going to drink one, don’t sip on it. It is best to drink with a meal, and rinse when done.
Teeth are not tools – Keep scissors handy; never use teeth to open packages.
Nail Biting – This is not only unsanitary, it can damage teeth.
Stress – We all deal with it, but stress can lead to teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Over time, this habit can result in broken teeth.
Teeth Whitening – Don’t overdo; overuse of whitening products and rinses can lead to sensitivity.
Great dental health supports overall health. Brush and floss daily, and visit our dentist regularly to keep teeth and gums healthy.